For those of you who don't know, I have just taken a job and moved to Dearborn, MI (just outside Detroit). I'd like to share a few things I have learned thus far:
-Detroit has seagulls
-seagulls make funny noises, it reminded me of all the seagulls going "mine?! mine?!" in Finding Nemo
-theres a bunch of fast food/restaurant places that are called coney islands for some reason
-theres a stretch of road on Michigan Ave. that is the worst/bumpiest road I have ever been on. I'd rather have my bare ass dragged through a gravel road.
-fortunately I've picked an apartment that lets me skip that road on the way to work
-the Garmin GPS I bought the night before moving has been a life saver, it's been incredibly useful
-it also says I can run in circles at 4 miles an hour in a parking lot
-the GPS has messed up only once, taking me on a nice "scenic" journey to a non existent wal-mart located in the middle of a ghetto
-apartment shopping is a pain in the ass
-so is buying new furniture, especially trying to pick out a mattress
-they didnt have a race car bed long enough for me to fit in, I imagine it would kinda look like a race car limo, and thats probably stupid.
-the weather is surprisingly similar to STL, although I found out it still snows in April. I'm guessing the winter here is just longer and colder. Damn.
-doing all this stuff costs a lot of money. So far I've spent more than I did to buy my bike, and I'm not even done moving in yet.
-the wal-mart supercenter here is so big I could comfortably ride my motorcycle through the isles, but I can't because they never close.
-A lot of roads are in terrible condition, but what I think is strange is that in between the opposite lanes of traffic is a VERY wide grass median/divider, where they could have paved 2-3 more lanes for traffic. Theres also a ton of u-turn spots, so in order to make a left turn on certain streets, you can only do so by passing it, u-turning, coming back and making a right on to it.
-some of the highways each have different stretches where the speed limit changes back and forth between 55 and 70 so I get confused
-everyone drives like a maniac, although I feel like anyone could move from anywhere to anywhere else and say the same thing
-I HAVE NEVER SEEN SO MANY DOMESTIC CARS IN MY LIFE. Although I guess I should have expected that.
-German/Japanese cars make up about 2% of what I see on the road, mine is basically a moving target
-Despite the ridiculously huge potholes, bumps, and crap they call streets, I've seen a decent amount of bikes out
-I miss bixby and motogp road already, and my bike (I had no way of bringing it)
-I hate you all for being able to ride
-no clue when I'll be able to come back and pick her up, or at least ride around somewhere where the largest elevation change isn't 3 feet.
-I'm glad one of the 7 wireless networks this laptop has found is unprotected, so I currently have free internet to report in with...I'll see how long that lasts. (I'll probably have to get comcast, if anyone has any advice)
-oh hey theres a drive in theater too, and we have an IKEA, but no lion's choice
-Thats about all I can think of for now, hope you were entertained!
Enjoy your rides, and take extra pictures so I can hopelessly try to live vicariously,